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Inside The France Camp Kitchen

October 17th, 2014

France Camp, first and foremost, is about cycling.  Food and friendship, however, are a close runner up.

Cycling up and down the mountains of the French alpes inspires tales of heroism and woe (the good kind), fosters comradery and a sense of community, and whets the appetite.

The France Camp dinner table provides both the remedy for ravenousness and the pulpit for tales.  The kitchen, of course, is the source of its delicious delectables.

At the heart of the kitchen are Chefs Michael and Alex who enthusiastically combine their love of all things food and wine, to expertly prepare what I like to call, France Camp cuisine – mostly French dishes with an English flare.

Their daily interplay, occasional debates about the source or origin of the night’s creation, and their knowledge of food, wine, and local history, are a big part of the France Camp culinary experience.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the France Camp kitchen and hope that it entices you to come and ride, eat, and tell stories with us next July (click here for France Camp details).

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Come To France Camp 2015!

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October 16th, 2014

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St. Christophe, on the way to La Berarde.
St. Christophe, on the way to La Berarde.
On top of the clouds - summer road between Villard Reculas and l'alpe d'Huez.
On top of the clouds - summer road between Villard Reculas and l'alpe d'Huez.
Lunch break - La Berarde.
Lunch break - La Berarde.
Lunch.
Lunch.
Obligatory cafe break for the three C's - coffee, cola, croissants.
Obligatory cafe break for the three C's - coffee, cola, croissants.
On the Chalet back porch.
On the Chalet back porch.

If you love cycling, you’ll love France Camp.  If you love climbing and descending – you’ll love France Camp even more.

Each day France Camp features a major climb (or two) in the French alpes.  You don’t have to be a climbing specialist to participate in France Camp, but you do have to enjoy climbing.

If you marginally enjoy climbing, remember that what goes up, must come down!  France Camp descents are just as epic, or more so, than the climbs.

Food is also a huge part of France Camp.  Chefs Michael and Alex prepare ample portions of fresh food, daily.  Food and wine comes from the region, and many of the vegetables come from the Chalet garden.

Finally, friendship and comradery are focal points of France Camp.  You will leave with lasting friendships and priceless memories.

The Tour de France route will be announced Wednesday, Oct. 22, and the route will most likely feature our home-climb of the mystical l’alpe d’Huez.  This means that there will be at least two options for up close and personal TdF viewing during Week 2 of France Camp.

Check the Photos tab of my website for pictures of France Camp 2014 and 2012, or visit Riccitello’s France Cycling Camp on Facebook.

Come and enjoy France and France Camp with us!  Check details here.

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Purpose

August 28th, 2014

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Way back in January of this year, as a way to celebrate my 50th year on this earth, I decided to do a couple of things – to participate in the Race Across America (RAAM), and to participate in IRONMAN Lake Tahoe.  I decided on these things for both altruistic and selfish reasons. On the one hand, I wanted to support a couple of causes near and dear to my heart, and on the other hand, after 10 years of sitting on the sidelines (for the most part), I needed a reason to get off my lazy butt and re-engage in the competitive side of sport, which I truly miss.

I suppose you can say this year has been my “Ice Bucket Challenge” - only sweatier . . . and longer . . . and hotter . . . and no ice.  (Well – Lake Tahoe may have ice, but I am really hoping for no ice.)

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Race Across America Video (by PepsiCo)

June 26th, 2014

Check out this great video recap of our recent Race Across America, produced by PepsiCo - our title sponsor. 

First place 8-person team and $600,000 raised (so far) for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund!

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